Senior salute soothes stressed students

Gannon will hold its Senior Salute for December graduates Oct. 29. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be available for students to visit until 4:30 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom.

Kathy DeSante, assistant to the provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, described Senior Salute as “a fun way to get some of your last minute things out of the way before you graduate.”

Many Gannon University departments and outside companies come together to help Gannon students through the process of graduation. College graduation is something that only happens once and can be a pretty overwhelming idea. These groups are here to make the process smooth for those about to graduate.

Financial Aid, ITS, Service Learning, Dean’s Office, Mission and  Ministry, Residence Life, Alumni Services and graduate programs from Gannon will be present to help with any final needs. Service Learning will be available to explain post-graduation service learning opportunities.

The Dean’s Office will be available if any students have a name that is sometimes mispronounced. By talking to them at Senior Salute the fears of mispronunciations on graduation day can be dissipated.

Companies like Jostens, Toni & Guy, Liberty Mutual, Grad Images and Metz Culinary Management will also be in attendance. You can order graduation announcements or place an order for a class ring from Jostens.

Metz will be providing tasty treats, including coffee and doughnuts, to enjoy while you peruse the various tables. If you visit during lunchtime, the Gannon Bookstore will be delivering hot pizza for all the attendants. At 3 p.m. the President’s Office will swing by with sundaes for everyone.

With Grad Images there, students have the options to take their senior photos on the spot as well as order diploma frames for that hard-earned piece of paper. Toni & Guy will be giving out gift certificates and mini manicures for seniors who stop by their table.

There will also be massage chairs if the prospect of planning graduation becomes too stressful.

Upon arrival, all attendees will receive a card to get stamped by each table they visit. Once the card is filled, it is entered into a raffle to win a prize. At last semester’s Senior Salute, the prize for a lucky student was a set of Beats Audio headphones.

Becca Dambach, a senior communication arts student said, “I am looking forward to picking up my cap and gown because it makes my December graduation seem so much more real.

“The work I’ve done finally paid off as I am about to graduate from such an awesome school.”

This is the first year that Senior Salute will be available to December graduates. In the past Senior Salute was held on an annual basis and occurred during the spring semester.

DeSante explained the idea to have two per year came out of the idea that “December graduates deserve to have a Senior Salute also.”

Caps and gowns will also be available for pick up at the Yehl Ballroom during this time. For more information contact DeSante at [email protected]



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